Academics

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Advisors

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Department
Name
Email
Art & Art History
Jessica Rose
jsrose@uta.edu
Art & Art History
Kate Helmes
helmes@uta.edu
Communication
General Advising
commadvising@uta.edu
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Amber Owens
amber.owens@uta.edu
English
Bethany Shaffer
bshaffer@uta.edu
English
Catherine Corder
ccorder@uta.edu
History
Nancy Gandre
gandre@uta.edu
Medieval Studies (Minor)
Nancy Gandre
gandre@uta.edu
Linguistics & TESOL
Ryan Hamzeh
rhamzeh@uta.edu
Modern Languages
Thelma Cabrera
thelma.cabrera@uta.edu
Philosophy
Charles Hermes
hermes@uta.edu
Political Science
Kimberly Caraway
kharper@uta.edu
Sociology & Anthropology
LaDorna McGee
ladorna@uta.edu
Theatre Arts
Linette Tucker
linettetucker@uta.edu
Women’s & Gender Studies
Trudi Beckman
tbeckman@uta.edu
Pre-Law Center
Amber White
amber.white@uta.edu

Degree Plans

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Arts & Art History
Bachelor of Fine Arts
BA, Art History
BFA, Secondary Education
Communication
BA, Advertising
BA, Broadcasting
BA, Communication Studies(Speech)
BA, Communication Studies(Organizational)
BA, Communication Technology
BA, Journalism
BA, Public Relations
Criminology & Criminal Justice
English
BA, Secondary Education
History
BA, Pre-Law
BA, Secondary Education
BA, Secondary Education(Social Studies)
Linguistics & TESOL
Modern Languages
BA, Critical Languages(Chinese)
BA, Critical Languages(Geman)
BA, Critical Languages(Russian)
BA, French(Heritage Speakers)
BA, French(Non-Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish(Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish(Non-Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish Translation(Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish Translation(Non-Heritage Speakers)
Music
BM, Business
BM, Instrument Performance
BM, Jazz Studies(Even Years)
BM, Jazz Studies(Odd Years)
BM, Keyboard Performance(Even Years)
BM, Keyboard Performance(Odd Years)
Philosophy
BA, Pre-Professional
Political Science
Sociology & Anthropology
BA, Anthropology
BA, Sociology
Theatre Arts
BFA, Design
BFA, Musical Theatre
BFA, Performance
BFA, Theatre Studies

Educator Certification

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If you want a rewarding yet challenging career, please consider teaching. Currently Texas is facing a serious shortage of good teachers in the public schools. Here’s a quick guide to the process of Educator Certification.


Grades 1-8: Students without a Bachelor’s degree who wish to teach grades 1-8 will enter the College of Education and complete their certification there.

Grades 8-12: Students interested in teaching these grade levels will earn a major in a department of the Colleges of Liberal Arts or Science that will include the secondary school Educator Certification sequence from the college of Education as part of their degree plan. For Liberal Arts majors the choices are Art, English, History, Journalism, Music, Speech, and Social Studies. There is a Theatre certification but our Theatre Arts department recommends that students do not choose this option. Art and Music are known as All-Level Certification, because our program will prepare you to teach at all grade levels.


How To Proceed

Step 1: Tell your advisor that you are interested in Educator Certification. He/she will then change your major to the education option in your major.

Step 2: Begin to take the courses in your content area (your major) that will help you learn the content area.

Step 3: When you are about 75% finished with your content area courses apply to the College of Education. If accepted begin your Education courses.

Step 4: Take the practice exam in your content area. If you don’t pass you will be directed to seek advice from a content area person.

Step 5: Pass the content area TExES.

Step 6: Complete the Education course sequence, take the PPR TExES during your student teaching semester.

Step 7: Apply to the state for certification.

Step 8: Help the children wherever you teach learn to be good learners!

Scholarship Opportunities

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COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP:

Eligibility: By the time the award semester begins applicants must have 60 or more hours with 30 hours at UTA, a GPA of 3.85 or above and demonstrated financial need (on a FAFSA form submitted to the financial aid office). In other words, students can apply in the spring when they have 50 hours and only 24 at UTA if by the time they will receive the money they will have at least 60 overall and 30 at UTA.


SHIRLEE J. AND TAYLOR GANDY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP:

Eligibility: Must be a declared major in a department in the College of Liberal Arts. The requirements are the same as the College of Liberal Endowed Scholarship except that financial need according to FAFSA rules is not necessary. All applicants to the College of Liberal Arts Endowed Scholarship are automatically considered for the Gandy Scholarship.


BURT GRANT SALON SPA SCHOLARSHIP:

Eligibility: Open to students in good standing in Art, Music or Theatre who have completed at least 12 hours at UTA. Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 hours and graduate students must enroll in at least 9 hours.


BARBARA JORDAN SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTED BY GREATER ARLINGTON/MANSFIELD DEMOCRATIC WOMEN:

Eligibility: Open to Political Science, History or Sociology majors who demonstrate leadership potential and financial need (on a FAFSA form submitted to the financial aid office). Students must have completed 60 or more hours when the award semester begins and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; students must enroll in 12 or more hours. The Jordan Scholarship requires that students write an additional essay responding to one of the following three questions:

  • What do you consider to be Barbara Jordan's most significant political and/or social achievement?
  • How did she effect political change in the U.S.?

  • How have her life and accomplishments influenced you?

For more information on the Greater Arlington/Mansfield Democratic Women, visit their website.


THE EDWARD KENNEDY LIBERAL ARTS JUNIOR SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP:

Eligibility: Must be a major in a department in the College of Liberal Arts and must have completed 60 hours of coursework at any four-year institution and earned a GPA of 3.85 or higher. The award winner must enroll in at least 12 hours for the remaining 4 semesters and earn at least a 3.5 GPA in each. Funds will only be disbursed after the GPA for each semester has been confirmed as at or above a 3.5.


NEWY SCRUGGS SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENT ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Eligibility: Liberal Arts major, can be used for transformative opportunities outside the classroom. May not be used to attend political conventions, political think tanks or political action committees


BILL AND TILLY WASSON SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS:

Eligibility: must be a full-time undergraduate during the previous fall and spring semester majoring in a Liberal Arts department, must not have participated in a UTA study abroad program. Preference for first generation students with demonstrated financial need, can be used for a summer, fall or spring study abroad program.


LUCRETIA COUNCIL COCHRAN CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION SCHOLARSHIP:

Eligiblity: All Arlington ISD Seniors who will attend UTA; funds may only be used at UTA. Students will be judged on their graduating GPA, their national test scores, their record of service to their school and community, and a short essay on "Patriotism".

Students must submit:

  • High school transcript

  • Short autobiography that includes service to school and/or community

  • Essay on “Patriotism” (1,000 words, two pages)

 

Materials must be received by February 9.

Mail all materials to:

College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office

P.O. Box 19617

Arlington TX 76019

Dean's List

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3.75 minimum GPA with a minimum of 12 hours enrolled for the term is required to qualify for the Dean's List.

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Crisis Hotline

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If you are experiencing a crisis,  UT Arlington students may call the Mavs Talk 24 Hour Crisis Line at (817)272-8255  to talk with a trained counselor about your situation.


Counseling and Psychological Services is located in Room 303 Ransom Hall  https://www.uta.edu/caps/

Academic Grievances

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The College of Liberal Arts is committed to addressing student grievances in a fair, consistent and professional manner. The processes below apply to all College of Liberal Arts undergraduate and graduate students.


Process to File an Academic Grievance:

  1. Before making an appeal of a grade, you must have attempted to resolve your complaint with the instructor who issued the grade.
  2. If you wish to appeal a grade, complete both pages of the Student Academic Grievance Form (use additional sheets of paper if necessary, with your name on each additional page). Your grievance will be reviewed on the basis of the paperwork that you submit (i.e. this form and any supporting materials you may wish to submit with this form). Therefore, be thorough in your documentation. Return the completed form to the department in which the class is taught.
  3. Before considering a grievance, the department chair will refer the issue to a departmental committee comprised of faculty and/or staff.
  4. If the committee cannot reach a decision acceptable to the parties involved, the department chair will issue a decision on the grievance.
  5. If you are dissatisfied with the committee's or department chair's decision, you may appeal the case to the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

 

Process to File a Non-Academic Complaint:

If you have a complaint about an issue not related to a grade, please visit the UTA Office of the Dean of Students website for the appropriate procedures and forms.

Graduate

Master's Degrees & Certificates

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Whether you're holding a freshly minted undergraduate degree or already claim years of professional experience, you're ready to take your knowledge to the next level. The high-quality education and hands-on research you acquire at the College of Liberal Arts will provide you an edge on the competition in your field. Get world-class learning with real-world results and achieve your academic and professional dreams at UT Arlington.

Master's Degree Programs

Department
Name
Email
Dr. Tom Christie
christie@uta.edu
Dr. John Rodriguez
JJRodriguez@uta.edu
Dr. Jaya Davis
ibdavis@uta.edu
Dr. Amy Tigner
atigner@uta.edu
Dr. Stephanie Cole
scole@uta.edu
Dr. Jeff Witzel
jeffrey.witzel@uta.edu
Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick
cynkil@uta.edu
Dr. Amy Austin
amaustin@uta.edu
Dr. Clifton Evans
cevans@uta.edu
Dr. Brent Sasley
bsasley@uta.edu
Dr. Heather Jacobson

Certificate Programs

Department
Name
Email
Dr. Amy Tigner
atigner@uta.edu
Dr. Stephanie Cole
scole@uta.edu
Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick
cynkil@uta.edu

Ph.D. & M.F.A.

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Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts offers programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Every program offers students a rich set of opportunities that stimulates intellectual and professional growth. Please visit and of the following programs for specific information and offerings.

Department
Name
Email
Dr. Amy Tigner
atigner@uta.edu
Dr. Kenyon Zimmer
kzimmer@uta.edu
Dr. Jeff Witzel
jeffrey.witzel@uta.edu
Dr. Jeff Witzel
jeffrey.witzel@uta.edu
Nancy Palmeri
npalmeri@uta.edu
Dr. Kenyon Zimmer
kzimmer@uta.edu

Funding

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The College of Liberal Arts offers a wide variety of research, travel, fellowship and dissertation funding for deserving students. Typically, these awards are designed to encourage research or creative activity that leads to the completion of your graduate degree.

A limited number of Graduate Teaching & Research Assistantships are awarded by most departments. You are encouraged to visit with faculty on availability and requirements of departmental assistantships during the application process.


DEAN'S AWARD FOR RESEARCH TRAVEL

Amount: Up to $500 domestic/$1,000 international plus non-travel expenses

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a thesis, dissertation, portfolio, or performance graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington. Students who travel in summer must be enrolled full-time in the preceding spring semester. Doctoral students who have only dissertation hours remaining may enroll in a minimum of 3 hours. Applicants must be in good academic standing; students on academic probation are not eligible. This award will not cover costs associated with conference presentations.

Requirements: See Call for Applications for more information.


GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP/GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

All newly admitted Ph.D. students in liberal arts (English, History, and Linguistics) are considered for a variety of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships. These assistantships provide tuition assistance up to 85% and competitive stipends for up to 5 years. Please talk with the program's Ph.D. advisor for further information.

Alternative Careers

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Graduate students should invest serious consideration into the employment opportunities that exist post-graduation well before earning their degree. The College of Liberal Arts wants to see its graduate students find success, and COLA would like to begin the conversation about finding alternative academic careers. While graduate students often face unique experiences, it is necessary that they become aware of available careers both on and off the tenure-track. Students across disciplines, and especially in the liberal arts, continue to see tenure-track jobs as the golden ticket in terms of employment, even though the state of the job market shows that such an outcome is no longer a possibility for most PhDs.


Overwhelmingly, most teaching positions in universities do not go to full-time, tenure-track employees; rather, 76% of jobs go to part-time, contingent labor known as adjuncts. A 2012 survey released by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce found that, out of 20,000 adjunct respondents, 54% were under the age of 35, and 52% reported earning less than $35,000 per year (read the full report HERE). This has made an already competitive academic job market even more daunting for new PhDs. Still, most who enter the job market have one goal in mind: secure a tenure-track position. This is what PhD students are trained to prepare for, because it is the career academic mentors know. This has made tenure-track jobs the marker of success after graduation, and alternative career options appear, instead, as a form of failure.


This should not be the case!


It is important for students to be aware that the post-PhD road does not exclusively run toward a tenure-track position. A multitude of career options exist both within and without academia. While many PhD students pursue a higher-level degree because they love what they do, it is still possible to put that passion and inspiration toward other careers. Tenure-track jobs are not the be all and end all in academia. It is important students keep options open. Both PhD students and faculty should know that alternative academic careers are becoming the norm. Students should do research on what jobs exist within the university system that may appear to be a good fit. Ultimately, it is crucial for PhDs and PhD students to recognize they have transferable skills that they can use to secure a career that is feasible and sustainable. One cannot pursue a doctoral degree because they expect to get a job as a professor. PhD students should also be aware that a tenure-track job may not be the right path, and they should be prepared to shift their employment objectives as needed. Finally, it is important that students take the first step and begin to think about, as well as research, alternative career options well before completing the degree. The University of Texas at Arlington offers resources to help graduate students learn more about these alternative career opportunities and prepare for a non-academic job market.


(Written by Kristen D. Burton, University of Texas at Arlington)

Global Fellowship

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A component of the Festival of Ideas/Global Research Program, the Fellows Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Mr. Mustaque Ahmed whose commitment to furthering global understanding led him to support this opportunity.

A component of the Festival of Ideas/Global Research Program, the Fellows Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Mr. Mustaque Ahmed whose commitment to furthering global understanding led him to support this opportunity.

Past Recipients

Year
Name
Department
Work
2015
Laura Garcia
Art & Art History
“Church Reliquaries as an Influence to Create Visual Narrative”
2015
Joshua Dry
Art & Art History
“Historical Practices of Photography with Emphasis on Identity in an International Context”
2015
Cor Fahringer
Art & Art History
“Cultural and Religious Influences on Medieval Art and Architecture”
2014
Rufki Salihi
History
“Post-Communist Albanian Emigration”
2014
Nicole Leopoldie
History
“Transnational Families Integrating Their children into France’s National Educational System”
2014
Nathan Kogan
History
“Quaker Humanitarianism in Legitimizing Disability Treatment in the mid 17th Century”
2014
Kent Rasmussen
Linguistics & TESOL
“Phonological Analysis of Languages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Contributions to Health Literacy”
2014
Emily Nicastro
Art & Art History
"Using Digital Media to Overcome the Immigration's Impact on the Emerging Canadian-Born Chinese"
2014
Bethany Yardy
English
“Small Regional Publications Contributions to a 1960s Native Literary Renaissance”
2013
Rufki Salihi
History
“Post-Communist Albanian Emigration”
2013
Rod Sachs
English
"Decolonial Theory and Chaucerian Literature"
2013
MyLynka Kilgore-Cardona
History
“The Influences of Alexandrine Tinne's Transatlantic Afterlife upon Nineteenth-Century European Colonization of Africa”
2013
Gladys Chow
History
"Using Digital Media to Overcome the Immigration's Impact on the Emerging Canadian-Born Chinese"
2013
Bryan Garrett
History
"Arab-American Transatlantic Migration Networks"
2012
Vitaly Voinov
Linguistics
"Unstudied Semantic Aspects of the Tuvan Language"
2012
Isabelle Rispler
History
"The German Diaspora in Nimibia and Argentina around 1900: Immigration or Settler Colonialism"
2012
Bryan Garrett
History
"Arab-American Transatlantic Migration Networks"

Crisis Hotline

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If you are experiencing a crisis,  UT Arlington students may call the Mavs Talk 24 Hour Crisis Line at (817)272-8255  to talk with a trained counselor about your situation.


Counseling and Psychological Services is located in Room 303 Ransom Hall  https://www.uta.edu/caps/

Academic Grievances

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The College of Liberal Arts is committed to addressing student grievances in a fair, consistent and professional manner. The processes below apply to all College of Liberal Arts undergraduate and graduate students.


Process to File an Academic Grievance:

  1. Before making an appeal of a grade, you must have attempted to resolve your complaint with the instructor who issued the grade.
  2. If you wish to appeal a grade, complete both pages of the Student Academic Grievance Form (use additional sheets of paper if necessary, with your name on each additional page). Your grievance will be reviewed on the basis of the paperwork that you submit (i.e. this form and any supporting materials you may wish to submit with this form). Therefore, be thorough in your documentation. Return the completed form to the department in which the class is taught.
  3. Before considering a grievance, the department chair will refer the issue to a departmental committee comprised of faculty and/or staff.
  4. If the committee cannot reach a decision acceptable to the parties involved, the department chair will issue a decision on the grievance.
  5. If you are dissatisfied with the committee's or department chair's decision, you may appeal the case to the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

 

Process to File a Non-Academic Complaint:

If you have a complaint about an issue not related to a grade, please visit the UTA Office of the Dean of Students website for the appropriate procedures and forms.

Transfer



The College of Liberal Arts welcomes transfer students from community colleges and 4-year universities. In fact, about 60% of our population is made up of transfer students.






Advisors

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Department
Name
Email
Art & Art History
Jessica Rose
jsrose@uta.edu
Art & Art History
Kate Helmes
helmes@uta.edu
Communication
General Advising
commadvising@uta.edu
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Amber Owens
amber.owens@uta.edu
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Kenneth Zuercher
kenneth.zuercher@uta.edu
English
Bethany Shaffer
bshaffer@uta.edu
English
Catherine Corder
ccorder@uta.edu
History
Nancy Gandre
gandre@uta.edu
Medieval Studies (Minor)
Nancy Gandre
gandre@uta.edu
Linguistics & TESOL
Ryan Hamzeh
rhamzeh@uta.edu
Modern Languages
Thelma Cabrera
thelma.cabrera@uta.edu
Music
Linda McQuaid
mcquaid@uta.edu
Philosophy
Charles Hermes
hermes@uta.edu
Political Science
Kimberly Caraway
kharper@uta.edu
Sociology & Anthropology
LaDorna McGee
ladorna@uta.edu
Theatre Arts
Linette Tucker
linettetucker@uta.edu
Women’s & Gender Studies
Trudi Beckman
tbeckman@uta.edu
Pre-Law’s & Center
Amber Whiten
amber.white@uta.edu

Mandatory Transfer Orientation

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Click to go to  Transfer Orientation page. 

Degree plans - TCC

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TCC Transfer Core Equivalencies
Arts & Art History
Bachelor of Fine Arts
BA, Art in Studio Arts
BA, Art History
BFA, Teaching Certificate
Communication
Advertising 
Broadcasting 
Communication Studies(Oral)
Communication Studies(Organizational)
Communication Technology
Public Relations
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Traditional Student
English
BA, Secondary Education
History
BA, Pre-Law
BA, Secondary Education
BA, Secondary Education(Social Studies)
Linguistics & TESOL
Modern Languages
CLIS (Chinese) B.A.
CLIS (Geman) B.A.
CLIS (Russian) B.A.
BA, French(Heritage Speakers)
BA, French(Non-Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish(Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish(Non-Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish Translation(Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish Translation(Non-Heritage Speakers)
Music
Philosophy
General Track
Pre-Professional Track
Political Science
Traditional Student
Sociology & Anthropology
BA, Anthropology
BA, Sociology
Theatre Arts
BFA, Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Theatre Performance
BFA, Theatre Studies

Degree plans - DCCCD

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DCCCD Transfer Core Equivalencies
TCC Transfer Core Equivalencies
Arts & Art History
Bachelor of Fine Arts
BA, Art in Studio Arts
BA, Art History
BFA, Teaching Certificate
Communication
Advertising 
Broadcasting 
Communication Studies(Oral)
Communication Studies(Organizational)
Communication Technology
Public Relations
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Traditional Student
English
BA, Secondary Education
History
BA, Pre-Law
BA, Secondary Education
BA, Secondary Education(Social Studies)
Linguistics & TESOL
Modern Languages
CLIS (Chinese) B.A.
CLIS (Geman) B.A.
CLIS (Russian) B.A.
BA, French(Heritage Speakers)
BA, French(Non-Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish(Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish(Non-Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish Translation(Heritage Speakers)
BA, Spanish Translation(Non-Heritage Speakers)
Music
Philosophy
General Track
Pre-Professional Track
Political Science
Traditional Student
Sociology & Anthropology
BA, Anthropology
BA, Sociology
Theatre Arts
BFA, Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Theatre Performance
BFA, Theatre Studies

More Transfer Information

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Many students assume that it is best to transfer after completing an Associate's Degree. However, there may be courses that can only be taken at UTA that are prerequisites for advanced courses in the major. If a student does not complete this course at the right time, there may not be many courses that can be taken that will apply toward the degree. You may look at the suggested course sequence in the DCCC and CCC degree plans included above. Please be aware that you may use up to 72 academic hours and 4 exercise hours from a community college toward your degree in the UTA College of Liberal Arts. The State of Texas requires all graduate of a Texas Public higher education institution to complete courses in specified areas. If you have completed the core at your original institution, and this is noted on your transcript, UTA will not require you to complete any further core requirements. This does not apply to any out of state institutions. We will accept out of state courses that satisfy our core requirements and apply them to our core. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions regarding transferring to UTA.
Please note: Transfer orientation is mandatory for all transfer students regardless of the number of credits being transferred.